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See all five teacher of the year finalists interviewed on Channel 4!

More than 900 community members gathered for the 25th Anniversary of the EDDY Awards on March 12 for the annual celebration to elevate the teaching profession! In case you missed it, one of the EDDY Awards sponsors WJXT Channel 4 News interviewed the 2016 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year finalists live from Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11.

The Power of a Good Conversation

Community Mobilization Director, Maira Martelo shares that the critical element to make community conversations actionable are the questions we use to frame the dialogue. At the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, we use a kitchen table conversation format that requires diverse voices being represented.

Learn more about ONE by ONE community led conversations taking place now.

What Duval County parents and students said about the proposed uniform policy

In January, we covered the Duval County Public Schools proposed uniform policy and community engagement efforts to gather input from different stakeholders. On March 4, Duval County School Board members and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti held a workshop with the uniform policy, governance and budget on the agenda. Continue reading to review survey results from Duval County parents, students and principals too.

The power of a good principal

After many years of helping our children achieve their highest potential, Dr. Sylvia Johnson is retiring as the principal of West Riverside Elementary School, one of the hidden gems in our district. Continue reading to learn about the power of a good principal.

Fun activities your family can do this Spring Break

Spring break is just a day away for the students in Duval County’s public schools.  This year, it lasts from Friday, March 18 to Monday, March 28.  Continue reading to learn how you can keep your child engaged, learning, and active during the break!

Walking the halls of Duval schools

One of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s core values is being student-centered. We make decisions first and foremost on what is in the best interest of children in Duval County, with a special focus on students who face barriers to obtaining a high-quality education. We believe all students can achieve at high levels when provided with high-quality instruction and support.  

Healthy Minds, Healthy Hearts: Mental Health and Today’s Youth

Guest Blogger, Selena Webster-Bass, Cultural & Linguistic Competency Educator of Jacksonville System of Care Initiative shares an important training to equip community members to help young adults with mental health challenges. Continue reading to learn more about the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, April 2. 

Elizabeth Thomas wins the third PowerUP Jax Lightning Round

Our PowerUP Jax Lightning Round kicked off from February 23 and ran until March 7. There were more than 1,800 plus votes and 18 shares which show that the community supports creativity and innovation in the classroom! We're excited to announce that Elizabeth Thomas, chemistry teacher at Darnell Cookman Middle/High School is the winner of the third Lightning Round!

FSA testing season has begun: Here’s what you need to know

On February 29, the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) leaped into its second official year of testing. So far, the technical issues that held back the timing of last year’s FSA testing and made some question its validity have not reappeared.

Big Ideas Fest: Disruptive and provocative ideas that change the world

We all can change the world! Dr. Maira Martelo recently had the incredible privilege of attending the 2015 Big Ideas Fest in San Jose, California. The Big Ideas Fest is an annual event in which educators from different parts of the world and background gather to build feasible solutions to improve education in the world. Continue reading to learn more about Maira's experience and how it connects to improving public education.